People living and working in the West of England have until 14 December to share their views to help shape the Spatial Development Strategy, to make sure homes, employment spaces and vital transport links are planned in the right places over the next 20 years.
The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has already received almost 1,000 responses to the survey it is running, and more than 260 people have registered to attend a series of online webinars over the last month.
Residents and businesses can still give their views via the survey on the West of England Combined Authority website. Paper copies of the survey are available on request by calling 0117 428 6210 or by email at [email protected].
As the region’s population grows and as people live longer, the amount and type of housing that is needed across the West of England is changing. Covid-19 has also altered the way many people are working, travelling and spending their leisure time.
The strategy will help make sure residents have the homes they need, where they want to live with the connections to get to job opportunities, education and leisure across the region.
It offers an opportunity to plan for a cleaner, greener recovery, ensuring new development is resilient, contributes towards reducing carbon emissions, and brings improvements for nature and sustainability.
The West of England Combined Authority is working with Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire councils, stakeholders and residents to develop the plan. Details of the survey have been shared with a wide range of communities and equalities groups, as well as being publicised in local newspapers and online.
The survey closes on 14 December 2020. Responses to the survey are the first step in developing a draft of the Spatial Development Strategy alongside technical evidence and studies. Once the draft is completed and published in 2021, it will be subject to a full statutory consultation, providing the opportunity to formally comment on the proposed plan.
Once the Spatial Development Strategy is agreed and published, it will form part of the ‘development plan’ alongside council’s own Local Plans and Neighbourhood Plans which will be considered when determining planning applications across the region.
For more information and the survey visit https://www.westofengland-ca.gov.uk/future-of-the-region/
If you live or work in North Somerset, you can take part in the North Somerset Local Plan Choices Consultation which will run at the same time as the survey on the SDS. WECA and North Somerset will be co-operating on the development of both plans.